Quarter 3
Presented to you by our partners at HDLI
Join us for a full day of relaxed learning presented by our partners at the Housing & Development Law Institute (HDLI) on October 20, 2020, where we'll learn the following: (1) Hearing Officer Refresher on conducting lawful and defensible administrative reviews and grievance hearings that satisfy due process requirements, (2) the Ins and Outs of the Brown Act for Open Meetings & Legislative Bodies, AND (3) Learning the Intricacies of HUD Procurement Requirements, all presented by HDLI!

This "relaxed" day of learning will unfold like this (learning objective order subject to change)...
  • Opening Comments - 8:30 AM
  • Learning Objective 1 - 9:00 - 11:15 AM (Hearing Officer)
  • Break 11:15 - 11:30 AM
  • Lunch/Regional Awards/FUNdraising - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Break 12:30 - 12:40 PM
  • Learning Objective 2 - 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM (Brown Act)
  • Break 2:45 - 2:55 PM
  • Learning Objective 3 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Procurement)

***NOTE: Hearing Officer & Brown Act presentation times have been updated***

Registration will close this Friday, October 16th at 5 PM so register right now!

ONLY $140 pp for a full-day of learning OR take advantage of the B3G1 deal which makes registration just $105 pp!
Scholarship FUNdraising During the "Un"-Conference
During next week's virtual "Un"-Conference, we are all set for FUN GAMES & PRIZES as part of a 75/25 offering towards our scholarship fund during our lunch break. Buy 3 virtual B-I-N-G-O cards for only $10 all payable through Venmo! More details to come but plan to hang out with us during the lunch break to interact with your colleagues, possibly win a little cash, or win some great prizes donated by some of our sponsors.
Inaugural PSWRC "Pep Rally" & "Letterman" Awards Presentation
As part of next week's virtual "Un"-Conference, we will be having fun during our virtual pep rally as we present our initiate our inaugural nominees into NAHRO "U"! Don't miss out on this fun event during our lunchtime festivities!

Let's Go Team!

2020 Scholarship Winner - Jackie Rodriguez
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Honors
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Participant
Jacqueline Rodriguez
On September 9, 2020 the Housing Commission and staff of the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) recognized Jacqueline (Jackie) Rodriquez, a participant in HACA’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.
With encouragement and support from her HACA FSS Coordinator and HACA staff, Jackie applied for a 2020 Pacific Southwest Regional Council of NAHRO (PSWRC-NAHRO) Scholarship. Jackie was selected by PSWRC-NAHRO as the regional scholarship winner and her application was chosen for submission to the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) scholarship program. NAHRO has partnered with LDG Development to provide $1 million in scholarships and internship opportunities to low-income students from around the country and HACA was thrilled to learn that Jackie was selected as one of three 2020 NAHRO-LDG Scholars!

Jackie shared the following in her personal essay:

“I am passionate about helping at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth find a better path so that they can envision a promising future, realize their potential, and pursue higher education… My passion stems from my own experiences as an at-risk and formerly incarcerated individual… I continued to struggle and face many barriers, however, at the age of 20, with two small children, I decided that I needed to further my education because I wanted to be a role model for my kids and set a good example of a successful Latina woman. I have learned that the odds stacked against me were systemic and not a testament of my abilities and potential for success. As a single mom, I am working tirelessly to show my children that their circumstances do not define them. Not only am I working towards obtaining an advanced degree but I am parenting with the intention of breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma and being of service to help and heal my community… “

Jackie was accepted to UCLA and plans to pursue degrees in English and Law. HACA is proud of Jackie and we wish her well as she begins her new journey at UCLA.
2019 Scholarship Winner - Amara Payne
About Amara's First Year in College... 
Amara Payne was PSWRC-NAHRO's first scholarship award winner. Nominated by the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa as an entry into the region's inaugural scholarship contest in 2019, Amara successfully won our regional contest and was awarded an annual $1,000 scholarship award to apply towards her tuition, supplies, and other related expenses for four (4) years as long as she remains in good academic standing. Additionally, Amara was submitted by the region to the National contest where she won an additional $1,000 award from NAHRO as well as an additional $1,000 award from NAHRO's partner LDG! As the region's award winner, Amara's application was submitted to NAHRO's national contest where she won an additional $2,000 in awards from NAHRO and NAHRO's partner LDG!

We recently heard from Amara and she shared how her first year in college with us...

"Overall, my first year at Los Medanos College was great. The first semester was tough for me because I was trying to adjust to the transition from high school to college. With one semester under my belt, the Spring semester went much more smoothly, and I performed much better academically because I had acclimated and knew what to expect and how to adjust to a full-time college course load. This past summer, I enrolled in summer courses, and I loved the challenge! As you can see, I managed to rise to the occasion, and I received good marks. 

This upcoming Fall semester, I am excited about as I have enrolled in four (4) courses. I am amazed at just how quickly time flies; I feel like I just graduated! Next Fall (2021), I will be applying to various Nursing programs because, at that point, I should be finishing all of my prerequisites. 

I want to thank PSWRC again for providing me with this scholarship opportunity. It has been a tremendous help in assisting me with handling any financial responsibilities that college has."

Welcome to the New Faces of PSWRC
The Housing Authority of the County of Alameda is proud to introduce our new Executive Director, Kurt G. Wiest.

Kurt was the Executive Director of the Bremerton Housing Authority (near Seattle) for the past 14 years. While at the helm of BHA, Kurt directed a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of an 83-acre 600-unit World War II-era public housing project, transforming it into a new mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood. He has played a key role in Bremerton’s homeless initiatives and took on the complexities of managing Performance-Based Rental Assistance for HUD’s Multi-Family portfolio in the states of Hawaii, Nebraska, Utah and Washington.

In addition to the wealth of expertise and experience that he brings with him, Kurt has extensive knowledge of HACA’s history, operations and programs. Prior to taking on the role as BHA’s Executive Director, Kurt had worked at HACA for many years and was the Deputy Director for Programs until his departure from HACA in 2006. We are certain that Kurt’s new chapter with HACA will be filled with many exciting ideas and successes.
Sandra Sigrist was appointed interim executive officer for Yolo County Housing effective July 15! As part of her responsibilities, she also becomes interim executive director of New Hope Community Development Corporation.

Sandra brings more than 15 years of experience in housing and homelessness work. For the past six years, she has been with Yolo County’s Health & Human Services Agency, serving as branch director for adult and aging programs since 2016, where she has seen steady growth of funding and programs in supporting the community ‘s efforts to address the homeless crisis.

Regional Housing America Poster Contest Winners
We're excited to announce that the following posters moved forward to the National poster contest!
NorCal Elementary Winner

Yessenia Castenada

HA of the County of Butte
NorCal Middle School Winner


Arizona High School



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